Review Category : surface

The Verge have posted their review of the Microsoft Surface RT. They seems to like the hardware, except for the screen aspect ratio, which they found troublesome in many scenarios. Like others he also complained about the fixed angle of kickstand. They found battery life impressive and the device speedy, but complained of crashes in apps and of course the small selection of apps in general. He concluded: Maybe I say this too often, but I wanted to love this device. Actually, I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it, before I even got my hands on the review unit. It made Windows 8 make sense in a way other products had not, and I could see a world where this kind of device was the only one I carried with me. Once I did get the review unit, I wanted to love it even more. And ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video showing the making of Touch Cover For Surface tablet. The Touch Cover and Type Cover are the single biggest selling point for Surface tablet. They provide a unique value for having productivity in tablets. The Touch Cover and Type Cover costs $120 when bought separately and costs $100 more when bought along with a Surface unit. You can read more about it here. ...

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Amazon is offering great discounts on Sandisk Ultra microSD cards  – just like those that will fit into your Surface tablet and expand that 32 GB of storage. Amazon is offering 70% off Sandisk memory cards, SSDs and MP3 players. You can grab a 32gb microSD card for $23 which is about $47 off the regular price or a 64gb for $43.49 , $56 off. The presence of expandable storage of course makes the whole value proposition vs similar iPads with the same built-in storage even more appealing for Surface tablets. Find the deal at Amazon here. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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Microsoft has announced that the first 100 people who buy a Microsoft Surface tablet at a Microsoft Store will receive a year’s Xbox Music Pass, worth $99.90. The offer is only open to in-store buyers so online buyers should not apply. Microsoft’s new Xbox Music service provide free ad-supported streaming music on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, and also unlimited streaming without ads with a $14.99 subscription on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360 consoles (with a Xbox Live Gold membership). See the offer at Microsoft here. Via The Verge.com ...

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We have just received a note from a reader in China who has been told via email by Suning, a large retailer in China and one of the official distributers, that pre-orders for the tablet will only be fulfilled in early November. On further enquiry he was told that the launch in Hong Kong has been pushed back due to transportation issues in Hong Kong. The irony is of course that the tablet is being assembled in China by Pegatron. Have any more of our Chinese readers received such a communication? Let us know below. Thanks Gabe for the tip. ...

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Andy wrote us complaining: I pre-ordered the 64GB Surface minutes after it went on sale in Canada, and I just got an email notification from Microsoft saying my order will not ship until November 2nd. I’m wondering if I’m the only one, or if all 64GB models have been delayed, or if Microsoft is screwing customers outside the US to fulfil US orders. Might be worth looking into. It turns out he was one of many who received such emails, saying their Surface tablet orders would no longer be delivered on the 26th October. Now Microsoft has admitted that these emails have been sent in error to non-US buyers, telling Engadget: Unfortunately, an incorrect email was sent to several of our international customers who pre-ordered Surface from the Microsoft Online Store in the past week. All customers should expect their devices by the original date given when orders were placed. ...

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  After few hours of started taking pre-orders for Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Store indicated that the basic model of Surface which sells for $499 got sold out and the orders will be delivered only after 3 weeks. Today, the rest of the Surface SKUs got sold out and the order of shipments pushed back to 1-2 weeks. So, you can’t order a Microsoft Surface unit in US for about 1-2 weeks from now. I guess we will be able to order Surface from Oct-26th(the day Windows 8 is getting released) again. Did you order one already?       ...

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Good news for Microsoft and Windows RT fans is that the 32 GB Windows RT has now sold out also in Canada and UK. The 32 GB device has also proven to be popular in USA, where it sold out in less than 24 hours. We generally expected that the 32 GB device was selling out because it is the cheapest, but an alternate theory also actually makes a lot of sense – the bundles only include a Black Touch Cover, a colour I suspect few people would chose, suggesting many people are paying the $20 premium to get the actual colour of their choice or even the Type Cover, rather than settling for the bundled “freebie”. Via WPC. ...

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Microsoft officially launched their online store in China at microsoftstore.com.cn. Amongst other items the store will also be selling Microsoft’s Surface tablets there, which should make fans who prefer getting their warranty directly from Microsoft happy. Microsoft will also be distributing their Surface tablets through major Chinese retailer Suning. The Chinese Surface tablet will be somewhat different from the worldwide one, to comply with Chinese rules and regulations, including the absence of Facebook and Twitter integration for example. Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered between 3-5 million Surface tablets, and will need as many distribution outlets as possible to meet that sales target. See the store here. Via Livesino.net. ...

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Microsoft Surface team today posted some of the pictures of its labs at Microsoft in which Surface tablet was developed. One of them showed various design concepts and iterations of Surface tablet(Surface ID labs), another one showed huge 3D printers(Surface Model Lab),  another one showing how reliability of Surface was tested (Surface Reliability Lab). Check more such photos from their Facebook page here.  ...

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Morgan Stanley’s Adam Holt released a research note on the Microsoft Surface where he suggested Microsoft will be selling 3 million of the tablets, which are priced to be competitive with the Apple iPad, in the last 3 months of the year. He also expects Microsoft to sell 9 million devices in 2013, saying the device is “an underappreciated driver for Windows revenue in FY13 and beyond.” “Pricing appears competitive: $499 for a 32 GB Surface is less than the $599 for a new 32 GB iPad with WiFi, while $699 for a 64 GB Surface plus keyboard is consistent with the $699 cost of a 64 GB iPad, with no keyboard-and MSFT’s flat keyboard is itself a differentiator. The $599 Surface bundle (32 GB tablet + keyboard) costs the same as a 32 GB iPad, but > 50% of iPad users also purchase an iPad cover (~$50 at retail) ...

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It seems the prophets of doom may have been wrong about demand for the Microsoft Surface, as the cheapest of the 3 packages have now sold out on pre-order, and have gone on back order. The $499 tablet, sold without the touch cover, is now on 3 weeks back order (which presumably means about 2 weeks after the other Surface tablets are delivered). Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered up to 5 million Surface tablets for Q4 2012, so hopefully this level of interest will continue and help make the RT platform a success. Thanks Kamara for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has been keeping very quite about the resolution of the Surface RT display, but today finally revealed it was 1366×768  pixels. In the days of the iPad’s 2048×1536 “Retina” display which is supposed to make pixels imperceptible at arms length , 1366×768  seems downright low resolution. Microsoft’s applied sciences department manager Stevie Bathich however explained things are not as clear-cut as it seems, and that the iPad’s high resolution display may in fact hurt readability. He writes: Hey I tried to answer this resolution question for another post, but it got stuck.. So I will try here: Hey this is Stevie. Screen resolution is one component of perceived detail. The true measure of resolvability of a screen called Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), not Pixels. MTF is a combination of both contrast and resolution. There are over a dozen subsystems that effect this MTF number.. Most folks just focus on ...

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Microsoft posted the above video of their new Surface tablet, showing more usage scenarios, especially of the camera and touch cover, and emphasizes features that set is apart from the iPad, including support for USB drives and microSD cards. The Surface’s slogan “click in and do more” is also clearly targeting the iPad, and I am sure Microsoft hopes the increased functionality of the tablet will justify its iPad-equivalent price. Via Neowin.net ...

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